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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]marcia m eaton
Sun, 16 May 1999 03:57:25 -0400
For those of you who are thinking about raising the whole question of
awarding prizes with your students, you might consider raising the question
of what counts as evidence for aesthetic and artistic evidence. Ron Moore
and I discuss this (e.g. whether these judgments are objective or
subjective) on Walks 1 (Beauty) and 3 (Evidence) through Trajan's Forum at
the ArtsEdNet web site. If people are asked to vote for the best artwork
or artist, do they do it based on personal preference or on evidence----the
way a jury is supposed to make a decision?
How does this compare with deciding who is the best tennis player or diver?
Sometimes sports like diving or skating where winners are determined on
the basis of the decisions of a panel of judges are called "aesthetic
sports." Ask your students why. I'm eager to hear what comes out of these
discussions. Best, Marcia